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What to expect as a volunteer

When you start volunteering you will join a friendly, close knit team who will truly value your input. We will work with you to match your skills and interests with the right roles and training to help you to contribute to the best of your abilities.


clive photo"I have been volunteering with Inspire for 18 months. I originally accessed the service as a service user to get help with my drinking. I’m mostly based at reception – chatting to people, putting them at ease and taking their details. Before I went to Inspire I’d never achieved anything at all. The team at Inspire have given me all the confidence I’ve got now and I am so grateful for all the support I have received, especially from my supervisor and the volunteer co-ordinator. One day it’d be lovely to have a part time job, hopefully at Inspire!" - Clive, volunteer


Some things you might do:

  • Work on reception or in our drop-in services or needle exchanges to welcome service users and help them understand what we do
  • Work one-to-one with service users to mentor and support them through their treatment and recovery
  • Run art therapy, drama, cooking or other social and educational groups
  • Work alongside service users on an allotment, go fishing, play sport or engage service users in other social activities
  • General administration, such as data entry or record keeping

Support and training

As you are giving your time for free, it’s really important to us that you have access to training and resources to support your development and personal wellbeing.

You will receive in-house training specific to your role from our dedicated volunteer coordinators and you can also access a wide range of e-learning courses using our online system.

We also recommend a free meditation and mindfulness website and app called Headspace, which you can use to reduce stress and achieve better mental health.

Looking for a new career?

Volunteering and peer mentoring can be a stepping stone to a new career in health and social care. The experience and training you will get as a volunteer will give you valuable material for your CV that could help you make that move.

Last year (2016-17) nearly 200 volunteers gained an accredited learning qualification and 247 found employment. Hundreds more grew in confidence and gained new personal skills and improved self-esteem as a result of volunteering.

If you are interested in developing your career options we can help you identify the skills and qualifications you might need to do so and support you to gain them.

Click here to watch a clip from our video, 'Changing Lives at HMP Belmarsh', in which a graduate from the peer mentoring scheme at HMP Belmarsh talks about his experience of volunteering at Bromley Drug and Alcohol Service upon his release from prison.

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We are always looking for more talented and motivated people to volunteer with us.

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You can add your details to our volunteers database. Just download and complete the application form and send it to your local service by email. Find the contact details for your local service here

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